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By Olivia Harnack
Gazette Reporter 

Communication keeps couple together 50 years

Gary and Kay Stilson celebrating 50th anniversary


Special to The Gazette

Kay and Gary Stilson are celebrating their 50th anniversary April 8.

COLFAX – A local couple is celebrating 50 years together as a family and business owners.

Gary Lee Stilson and Kay Ellen Crandall were married in 1972. Eleven years later they bought Colfax Monument Co.

The Stilsons met in the summer of 1971 through a cousin of Gary.

"We met in the summer of 1971 and were married April 8, 1972. Gary is a country boy, and I was the city girl," Kay Stilson said.

The couple raised their sons while active in the Colfax Chamber of Commerce, church, and Boy Scouts of America.

"A lot of people can't work together with their spouses. It's communication," Kay St...

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